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Pitt CB Marquis Williams Returning For One More Season

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Pitt will need to ease a new starting safety duo in the lineup next season, but whoever steps onto the field, they’ll be flanked by an experienced duo at cornerback.

Marquis Williams announced via Twitter Saturday that he will utilize his COVID season and return to Pitt in 2023. The duo of Williams and M.J. Devonshire will return for one more season together.

Williams had the opportunity to test the NFL Draft waters this season, but he’s been a vocal leader in running it back next season in pursuit of another ACC championship. He will now have that opportunity.

Williams missed a bit of time in 2022 to injury, but he still recorded 476 defensive snaps and rated as Pitt’s highest-ranked cornerback in coverage.

He racked up 24 tackles (20 solo), a tackle for loss, two interceptions returned for touchdowns, a pass breakup and a forced fumble. According to PFF, Williams allowed just 17 receptions on 29 targets in 2022 — allowing just one touchdown in coverage.

In his Pitt career, he’s recorded 83 tackles (70 solo), three tackles for loss, five interceptions, two defensive touchdowns, eight pass breakups and a forced fumble.

With Williams and M.J. Devonshire both returning in 2023, and possibly A.J. Woods, Pitt’s cornerbacks will be very experienced. And with Rashad Battle returning from injury and Ryland Gandy progressing in his development, it’s a room with excellent potential.

Pitt’s secondary, under Archie Collins and Cory Sanders, will have veteran cornerbacks to lead next season.

Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker
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Tom D
Tom D
24 days ago

Huge return for Pitt. Outstanding news

Rob Radich
Rob Radich
24 days ago

Great news

Tim
Tim
24 days ago

This is good news. Young Mr. Williams will be a leader for what I expect to be a good defense. Also, I like how PITT uses their corners. Narduzzi puts them out there on that “island”. It’s almost surprising 4 and 5 star recruits don’t come for that challenge. I like PITTs defense. Aggressive and fast.

On Campus Stadium Please
On Campus Stadium Please
23 days ago
Reply to  Tim

5* recruits coming for that “challenge”? If you are a 5* DB you are typically left on an island anyway. Kids would much rather make NIL money and play in front of 100k

Giovanni
Giovanni
23 days ago

A good move for Williams, not just for Pitt. Assuming he stays healthy, he’ll have a much better chance to attain higher draft pick status. Hopefully, the Steelers draft Williams since they sure could use upgrades to the DB position.

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